Waikato Police have continued to receive information from the community since the renewed public appeal via the recent Ten 7 Aotearoa programme.
“This is extremely encouraging and we’d like to say a huge thank you to those who have come forward with details they believe will help us find Thomas Phillips and the children,” says Waikato West Area Commander Inspector Will Loughrin.
For operational reasons Police won’t be providing specific details however this information has included possible sightings of the family in the wider Waitomo area over the past few weeks.
“This information, like all leads that come through to the enquiry team, are followed up on,” says Inspector Loughrin.
Police can also confirm a fixed-wing plane was utilised last weekend to complete an aerial search of areas of interest. Police won’t be providing any specific details on the search area or any findings at this time.
“While we are yet to locate the family, our message to the community remains unchanged – If you, or anyone you know is assisting Tom, do the right thing and get in touch with Police.
“If you are sitting on information you think could make a difference, then we urge you to let us know.”
Police continue to work with the wider family and update them on the enquiries that are underway.
“This remains an upsetting and stressful time for them while the whereabouts of the children are unknown and we want to be in a position as soon as possible to ensure the children are doing well.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police via 105 and quote file number 211218/5611.
Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.